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Flint mayor seeking help from Washington over water crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 02:00

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Flint, Michigan, is in Washington hoping to meet with President Barack Obama’s administration about the city’s water crisis. Mayor Karen Weaver joined Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on a conference call Tuesday. She says Obama “needs to hear first-hand what’s going on in Flint.” Corrosive water from the Flint River […]

Aurora lane closures, Day 1: Morning commute wasn’t too bad

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:57

The first commute during what will be a weekslong construction project on Aurora Avenue North went pretty well. Will the rest of the week go as smoothly?

US attorney general ‘appalled’ at Ohio officer’s slaying

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she is “appalled and deeply saddened” by the killing of an Ohio policeman by a man who’s accused of targeting an officer. In a statement Tuesday, the nation’s top enforcement officer expressed sadness at the death of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell Sunday night, as well […]

Pakistan offers to host Saudi-Iran reconciliation talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:17

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister offered Tuesday to host talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia aimed at resolving disputes between the Middle Eastern rivals. Nawaz Sharif met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, a day after meeting Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh. After his meeting with Rouhani, Sharif told reporters that Iran had […]

NY man goes on trial in chain-reaction crash that killed cop

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:12

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — New York prosecutors contend a man’s drunken driving set off a sequence of crashes that resulted in the death of a police officer who was killed by another driver’s SUV maneuvering through wreckage on the Long Island Expressway. Nassau County prosecutors gave opening statements Tuesday at the trial of James Ryan. […]

Soon you’ll be able to drive faster in parts of Oregon

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:09

Drivers in some areas of central and eastern Oregon will be allowed to travel at higher speeds under a new law set to take effect in March.

Looking ahead with John Legend: Grammys, Gosling and a baby

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:05

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend is his own worst enemy at next month’s Grammy Awards. The singer is nominated twice for best rap/sung collaboration for his Oscar-winning hit “Glory” alongside Common and “One Man Can Change the World,” a collaboration with Kanye West and Big Sean. “It’s kind of hard … I don’t know […]

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:02

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Jan. 17, 2016: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB Most Read StoriesSeahawks next season: same goal, and maybe a different look?Russell Wilson saves Seahawks humiliation, but not seasonPanthers 31, Seahawks 24: What national media are saying Reaction to […]

Berklee, Boston Conservatory agree to unite as single school

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:52

BOSTON (AP) — The Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have agreed to merge into one school focusing on music, dance and theater. The schools announced on Tuesday that their governing bodies had unanimously agreed to the deal, six months after they began exploring a merger. The neighboring schools have started an accreditation […]

6 dogs run into highway lanes following California car chase

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:48

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California Highway Patrol officers chased down six dogs that jumped from a Mercedes into highway lanes following a car chase. CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos says officers pulled up behind the Mercedes, which was parked on the shoulder of State Route 91 in Orange County Monday night. The female driver took […]

Officials: Twin toddlers, grandparents killed in house fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:42

CHILLUM, Md. (AP) — Two-year-old twins and their grandparents are dead after a fire broke out in their Maryland home early Tuesday, fire officials said. At a news conference, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said the grandparents died at the scene and the twins were taken to a hospital, where they died. He […]

Parties, badges and snipers: An informal guide to Davos

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:36

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Davos seems made to host the world elite. The town of 10,000 people is tucked away in a picturesque Swiss ski resort that takes hours to reach by train — unless you have a helicopter or private jet. At an altitude of 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), it’s physically above much of […]

Photos of the Day: Jan. 19, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:16

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

As wealthy Brazilians snap up Miami real estate, few benefit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:06

MIAMI (AP) — Facing a teetering economy at home, wealthy Brazilians have been pouring money into what they increasingly see as the safest place to invest: South Florida real estate. So are Argentinians, Colombians, Mexicans, Venezuelans, French and Turks — almost anyone with money to shelter, a direct flight to Miami and a shaky economy […]

Gov’t report: Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report estimates that this year’s budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be attributed largely to tax cuts and spending increases passed by Congress last month. The estimate from the Congressional Budget Office also sees the economy growing at a significantly slower […]

FBI: Violent crime rose in first 6 months of 2015 over 2014

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary data released by the FBI show violent crime rose across the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before. The figures released Tuesday show an overall increase of 1.7 percent in the number of violent crimes reported by local law enforcement. That includes […]

Canada excluded from anti-Islamic State coalition meeting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:52

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has been excluded from a meeting of defense ministers in Paris this week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan tried to suggest it wasn’t a big deal on Tuesday, saying this isn’t the only meeting. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter didn’t mention Canada last week […]

Hawking: New technology brings new threats to human survival

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:47

LONDON (AP) — Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about “new ways things can go wrong” for human survival. When asked how the world will end, Hawking said that increasingly, most of the threats humanity faces come from progress made in science and technology. He says they include nuclear war, […]

Chen finalizes $80 million, 5-year deal with the Marlins

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:47

MIAMI (AP) — Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has finalized an $80 million, five-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins announced the agreement Tuesday and scheduled an afternoon news conference. Deal was struck last week with Chen, who can opt out after 2017 and has an option for 2021. Chen, who is expected to be the […]

Financial stocks lead an early gain on Wall Street

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:33

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday morning after sharp sell-offs last week. Strong results from investment bank Morgan Stanley gave financial stocks a boost. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 132 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,119 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 14 […]